Walker EDGE Spring Internship Fair

On February 21, 2017, in Career Insight, Events, by Walker News
Walker EDGE Spring 2017 Internship Fair

Walker EDGE Spring 2017 Internship Fair

On February. 15, students from the Walker School of Business & Technology met face to face with recruiters seeking interns for the spring and summer at the Walker EDGE Spring Internship Fair, co-hosted by the Walker School of Business & Technology and Career Planning & Development Center.

More than 80 students attended the event, dressed professionally and prepared to engage with recruiters. MBA student Asmaa Ali and Freshman Finance student Van Truong won an Amazon Echo Dot and an Amazon Fire TV Stick as part of a grand prize raffle for attendees who also participated in an internship fair resume book.  Walker School Associate Dean Simone Cummings said, “Our students are polished and professional. I’m so proud of everyone here today and I know they’ll be successful in finding great internships.”

Graduate student Shikha Ralleigh talking with a recruiter at the Walker EDGE Internship Fair

Graduate student Shikha Ralleigh talking with a recruiter at the Walker EDGE Internship Fair

Organizations recruiting included: Maritz Motivation Solutions, Sherwin-Williams, Centene Corporation, Cushman Wakefield, Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent A Car, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Graybar, Fabick Cat, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, The State of Missouri, US Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MTM, Inc., Better Weekdays, Scottrade, Inc., Hirelevel, Technical Youth Brooksource, and Unisys.

Recruiters shared positive feedback with organizers regarding the event: “I just wanted to say that the event went wonderfully.  We were able to talk to a lot of students and I believe we have found some good candidates!” – Kristy Flaiz, Assistant Accounting Manager at Cushman Wakefield

Recruiters from Centene discussed internship opportunities with Walker students.

Recruiters from Centene discussed internship opportunities with Walker students.

Students can continue to get up to date information on internships for spring and summer as employers post opportunities in GorlokCareerLink, Webster University’s online career management and recruiting system.

Contributor: Megan Price, BA Management, 2018

Dina Sallam and Eman Fahmy

Left: Dina Sallam, Right: Eman Fahmy

This week, the Walker Team interviewed Eman Fahmy and Dina Sallam. They are two excelling graduate MBA students from the Walker School of Business & Technology, months away from graduation. They are also representatives of a group of twelve promising Egyptian women leaders studying at Webster University in St. Louis because of a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) program, “Higher Education Initiative(HEI)”

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Internship Opportunities at the World Trade Center

On February 8, 2017, in Career Insight, by Walker News

The World Trade Center St. Louis is accepting internship applications for spring 2017.

Positions include:

International Student Development Assistant

Immigration Communication and Social Media Assistant

International Research Assistant


 Internship Requirements:

— 15 to 20 hours per week (20 hours preferred)

— Assist with training and events

— Courteous phone skills


How to Apply:

— Send a cover letter/resume to: Vin Ko at vko@worldtradecenter-stl.com

— Applicants can expect contact either by Vin Ko (or other WTC staff)

Please note, WTC is a nonprofit organization and internships are unpaid

internationalbusinessgraphicA special weekend offering of International Business (INTB 5000) has been opened for students who have busy weeknight schedules but are interested in this course topic. Section 2 of INTB 5000 will be offered on Saturdays in February at the home campus in Webster Groves.

“We wanted to provide an option for students who might travel for work during the week, registered late, or otherwise have obligations that make weeknight grad courses difficult,” said Debbie Psihountas, professor and director of the MBA program in Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

The course has been offered in this format the past two Februaries to a specific cohort of students, but this year is open to all students to take advantage of this flex schedule option. Students will meet on Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on the course, visit the catalog listing here: http://www.webster.edu/catalog/current/graduate-catalog/courses/intb.html

Webster University introduced the Forensic Accounting graduate program five years ago. Today, students like Sean Ayres are graduating from the program, and landing incredible jobs. Sean was offered a job at Grant Thornton, one of the largest and fastest-growing audit, tax and advisory service providers in Chicago.

Sean’s college education began at Webster University when he pursued an undergraduate degree in Accounting. During that time, Sean got involved by participating in on-campus events and the Student Government Association as the Secretary. He also noted learning some valuable communication skills as an undergraduate as a bartender at Llewelyn’s.

In the classroom, Sean enjoyed his time in the auditing course with Professor Rich Dipple. Dipple soon became his mentor, and the combination of advice, natural skill, and interest in the subject led his to pursuit of a MS in Forensic Accounting.

Dipple is very proud of his student and described him as someone who is sharp and has perseverance. Dipple is very proud to see how Sean has moved ahead but not surprised, saying, “[Sean] stuck to it and always had a mature approach.”

Sean valued his time at Webster University. While he did not study abroad, he said the global perspective he gained from getting to know international students and their culture in conjunction with the campus culture enriched his college experience. Sean is appreciative of his liberal arts degree, it helped his ability to critically think and he says, “Webster was a place where people could be themselves.”

Sean will now have the opportunity to travel with his new job. Since he gained an international perspective at Webster University, the anxiety of international travel is shed and he could not be more excited for the new experience.

Finally, Sean’s advice to students is to talk to professors and get to know them; they are valuable resources. He encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities available at the University in order to reach full success, saying that his experiences are proof of that.

Sean now resides in Chicago with his wife and their dog. Sean is working alongside a group of Webster University alum in the beginning process of making an official Webster University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter. He’s is excited about the potential of the network for future and former students.

The Walker School extends a congratulations to Sean. We are proud to call him an alumni and wish him the best in his future.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lasanthi Gamage

On December 12, 2016, in Faculty Insights, by Walker News

Dr. Lasanthi Gamage joined the Walker School of Business and Technology this fall in the Computer Science and Mathematics department where she teaches classes in both subjects.

Dr. Gamage grew up in Sri Lanka and decided from a young age that she wanted to pursue computer engineering. College education is free in her home country, therefore Universities are very selective. She successfully passed the exam for admittance at one of the best colleges in Sri Lanka at the age of 18. Thankfully she excelled in her chosen subject because if she had not, she said, “there would have been no way to go back.”

Immediately after graduation, Dr. Gamage spent six months in the industry followed by six months when she returned to academia as a lecturer until she decided to study again herself. This is when she made the move to the United States. Up until this point, she had never traveled outside her Sri Lanka.

Again, success followed Dr. Gamage at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota for her masters, and then at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla for her PhD. Dr. Gamage enjoys her time in the U.S. and after 9 years of residence here, she considers it a home. She compliments the U.S.’s infrastructure and respects the freedom to make personal decisions. However, she says the food in the U.S. just can’t top the food from her home.

Dr. Gamage plans to visit Sri Lanka, so she can see her extended family again, but has been busy starting a family here. Her husband is also a professor who teaches at the Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville and they have two sons and one daughter on the way.

Dr. Gamage says she is dedicated to her family, but also wants to continue research at the Walker School. She plans to expand upon her PhD research in Data Management by focusing on vehicle information that makes life easier by providing intensive traffic information. She also wants to expand her research to include big data in social media with goals to make it safer. Social media gathers a lot of information and she seeks to send some of that information back to users. To make social media even safer, she wants to locate fake accounts so she can prevent them from causing harm. She has ambitions to start researching more as a department and finding ways to include students in that research.

Finally, Dr. Gamage says she greatly appreciates the global focus of Webster University. She looks forward to the opportunity to teach at one of the campuses abroad so she can experience more of the world. The Walker School is happy to have Dr. Gamage as a faculty member and look forward to her contribution to students.

Hannah Joseph -WSBT Alum

Hannah Joseph graduated in 2015 with a BA in  Management and a MA in Human Resources Development

Next month, I will be leaving my corporate job at Amazon to work for the nonprofit organization, International Justice Mission, where I will be a Business Development/HR Fellow (neat fact: I will be their first Business Development/HR fellow in Mumbai, and they essentially added that position in the Mumbai office for me.) I will move to Mumbai in January 2017.

IJM (www.ijm.org) is a global human rights organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. I’ve always wondered how I could combine my heart for helping the marginalized internationally with my passion for business/HR, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that. I am so excited! You can find out more details on my YouCaring page: www.youcaring.com/mumbaionmymind, and I am happy to answer any other questions you have or provide you with additional information!

At IJM, I will be serving as a Pro Bono Business Consultant in Mumbai and as such will provide expertise in writing and editing reports, organizing and tracking progress of ongoing projects and managing department databases and files. I will assist in the development of protocols, procedures and best practices, and help organize, administer and document ongoing department trainings.

John Baker, Baseball Operations Assistant for the Chicago Cubs will be at The Walker School talking about balancing academics and sports and answering questions for students. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 16
10:20-11:20 A.M.
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John Baker, Baseball Operations Assistant for the Chicago Cubs and former MLB Catcher

 Baker is a catcher who was drafted in 2002 by the Oakland A’s in the 4th round of the amateur draft. He played during the time period Michael Lewis was researching Moneyball and is mentioned several times in the book. He went on to an 8 year MLB career playing for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. While playing, he spent his offseasons teaching physical education at his former high school. He was also nominated several times for the Roberto Clemente award for his work with veterans.
Since retiring in 2015, Baker has appeared frequently on radio and television and is known for his down-to-earth and frank discussion on the realities of playing catcher and major league baseball, clubhouse culture, sponsorships, superstitions and curses in sports, and maintaining a healthy relationship with the sport.  In addition to his burgeoning broadcast career, Baker has been actively building a social media following and learning what works and doesn’t work in branding oneself on social media. Furthermore, in order to further his career, Baker has returned to school to work on his degree.

Baker also continues to work with the Chicago Cubs acting as an assistant of baseball operations.  His job includes working with Cubs minor leaguers on the fundamental skills needed to be a good personal and professional player.  He also works with the major league players on health and wellness, including meditation, yoga, and pilates.

Michael Ehrlich, Director of Public Relations for Adidas US will be at The Walker School to share his insight into marketing, pr, growing a brand and maintaining fans and answering questions for students. All are welcome.
Thursday, November 17
10:50-11:20 A.M.
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Micheal Ehrlich, Director of Public Relations for addidas sports

 As the Director of Public Relations for Adidas America, Ehrlich runs Adidas’ Portland-based newsroom which consists of the PR team, social strategy team, community managers, and analytics team. He is responsible for setting the strategy in the sport and style divisions. In his five-plus years at Adidas and additional three years at Adidas’ PR agency of record, Michael has developed and executed PR programs to support product launches, marketing campaigns, sponsorships, events, professional and collegiate partners and corporate initiatives. He manages PR leads from basketball and football as well as the lifestyle and the originals group, action sports, and the youth lifestyle group. In his job, Ehrlich and his team created the term “dark” marketing on social media, which has now been incorporated by all major sports brands.  A California native living in Portland, OR, Michael is a proud USC Trojan in the land of Ducks and Beavers.

Megan Price was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. She graduated with honors from McAuley High School and her most memorable role was leading the Future Business Leaders of America and competing in it at the state level. Price is pursuing an undergraduate degree at Webster University as a junior studying Marketing with minors in Economics and History. She spent a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria where she competed in Model United Nations Conferences and traveled the continent.

Price is the President of Webster University College Democrats and Vice President of Student Ambassadors to the President’s Office. She enjoys her student employment in The Walker School as a programs and recruiting assistant by expanding and promoting opportunities to Walker Students. She has completed internships at the National Children’s’ Cancer Society and Maritz Motivation Solutions and currently does social media management for a local law firm. Price believes it is important for all students to apply what they have learned at Webster University to an internship as well as gain knowledge of out-of-the classroom skills. Price has participated in the Walker Edge program since her freshman year, including taking the WSBT 2000 Career Exploration for Professional Success course and attributes a lot of her professional development to the program.

Megan has grown to love St. Louis for its culture, community, and spirit, and plans to begin her career here.


Shikha Ralleigh hails from New Delhi, India. The capital city is known for its rich diverse culture, highly active lifestyle, and 18 million population recorded this year. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication while in New Delhi.

Ralleigh is currently a graduate student at Webster University pursuing her MA in Information Technology Management. In the past, she has worked with globally renowned advertising firms, spearheading strategic communication for brands like Nestle, Pizza Hut, Samsung TV, and Yamaha Bikes. She has more than eight years of experience in managing key projects involving celebrities and providing solutions to marketing problems for the businesses she handled. She has carved a successful path managing integrated campaigns, and some of the aforementioned brands were able to win a few awards on the campaigns and saw the brand health metrics and business KPIs improve positively.

Apart from being a graduate student at Webster University, she works as a graduate assistant in the International Programs & Initiatives Department where she helps in developing degree plans for partner institutions, and does research to bring ideas to the collaboration. She also represents the International Student Association (ISA) as the President on campus. She is one of the members in Webster Dining Advisory Board where she brings student’s issues to the table. Campus involvements gave her a chance to exhibit her leadership skills by organizing events, programs and by providing strategic solutions to students.  Last but not the least, she has initiated social media communities on Facebook to help and connect International Students with Housing, Swap n Sell, generic discussions etc., and she is also the curator of Humans of WebsterU Facebook Page.



Shikha and Megan look forward to contributing a student voice to the Walker School dean selection that will take place in the spring. The student perspective is important when selecting a new leader and ensuring that the candidates know the interest of the students is the most important role of a dean.

They intend to provide a voice for students and bring their concerns to Student Government and beyond. Finally, they look forward to being able to improve students’ time at Webster University.

They will have open office hours 10am on every 2nd Wednesdays of the month or you can contact them by email.

Megan: mprice11@webster.edu

Shikha: shikharalleigh72@webster.edu

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